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Happy together

On 26 December 2013, the Georgian Parliament unanimously ratified the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, which was then submitted to relevant ministries to be implemented. Georgia's ministries of education, health, labour and social policy issued appropriate regulations but there was a problem with finding expert staff to perform those tasks, notably in small towns and villages.

The project's goal is to support one of southern Georgia's largest regions — Samtskhe-Javakheti — in raising the awareness of the region's inhabitants of the rights of people with disabilities. According to the latest data, the region has 4,748 people with disabilities. The community has little awareness of disabilities or rights of people with disabilities. At schools, insufficiently prepared teachers devote too little time to the process of educating people with disabilities, instead turning it into overprotection and harmful compassion. Wrong patterns of building relationships and communicating with people with disabilities are passed on to children and youth.

The majority of people with disabilities in the region are living in poverty. In view of such perception of disability, it is essential that families/carers, specialists and employees of government institutions and NGOs should be engaged to promote awareness of the fact that people with disabilities have the right to their needs, feelings and active participation in family and social life.

Happy together

The "Happy Together" project follows up on the earlier projects: "The world does not stop at disability" and "I can count on you." To this day, meetings of support groups are taking place periodically in Achalciche, Arali, and Tbilisi. Another idea is to organise, in Tbilisi and Achalciche, outdoor events for people with disabilities, their families, professionals, volunteers and the local community to promote healthy mental habits related to people with disabilities.

The "Happy Together" project will create new jobs for people with disabilities in villages far away from Tbilisi which the Camillians have already reached with their ministry. Training and workshops are needed for professionals, parents/guardians and volunteers, and it is necessary to create associations of parents/guardians in these locations. Officials, professionals, parents/guardians and volunteers must be prepared to organise meetings with the region's authorities and local community to raise their awareness of the fact that people with disabilities are out there and have the right to live in society.

Co-financing from Polish Aid funds stood at PLN 195,980 in 2017 and PLN 200,000 in 2018, while the project's total value in each module reached PLN 222,250.